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bestem
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Registered: ‎01-30-2011

Re: A budget is needed

I'm letting myself buy one book a week.  If I see something I like, it goes on my wishlist (on the website), and then on Sunday I look at the wishlist and choose a book to buy off of it.  Otherwise, it's way way way too easy to buy books.

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Panzertime
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Re: A budget is needed

I have found that using a gift card has helped me stay in budget. The problem is it never seems to last very long. I try to limit it to $20 a month. I might have to up it.

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TaterFink
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Re: A budget is needed

bestem,

 

Such restraint!  It sounds like a good plan and I think I'll try your method.

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bestem
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Re: A budget is needed

Heh, all my 'net friends laugh when, in our chat room, on Sunday, out of nowhere I say "oooh, it's Sunday!  I can buy myself a book today!!"

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KnitGirlinIdaho
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Re: A budget is needed


bestem wrote:

I'm letting myself buy one book a week.  If I see something I like, it goes on my wishlist (on the website), and then on Sunday I look at the wishlist and choose a book to buy off of it.  Otherwise, it's way way way too easy to buy books.


That's a great plan! If I see a book for $5 or less that looks like a good read, I really waiver on whether or not I should buy it or add it to my wishlist, only because I'm afraid the next time I check my wishlist the price will have gone up!  

 

I think my biggest problem is downloading the free books because I have so many books on my "must read" list that I don't know if I will ever actually read them all.  The free books have really introduced me to genres I never had much interest before and I certainly wouldn't have risked spending the money on them otherwise. Yay for freebies!!

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bestem
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Re: A budget is needed

Yeah,  I actually download all the freebies that Doug posts in his thread.  You never know when they might come in handy (like when I'm waiting for Sunday to come around so I can buy a new book).  I archive most of them until I know I'm close to the end of a book and there's nothing on the Nook i want to read next.  I do keep all the reference books and all the kids books (and all the ones I buy) on my Nook all the time though.  In fact, managed to get a screaming 2 year old on the bus today to quiet down by letting him see one of the Read to Me books. 

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RLS_Portland
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Re: A budget is needed

 


BrenCocoaFL wrote:

For the budget part... I bought a gift card that I connected to my account, and every month I add my "allowance" to it. I regularily check the balance through the website, so I know how well I'm doing on staying in budget. It also makes my regular credit card statements a lot shorter.


That's exactly what I do too! Plus, I buy the gift card with my B&N Barclay card, so that's a 3% discount. 

 

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RLS_Portland wrote:

That's exactly what I do too! Plus, I buy the gift card with my B&N Barclay card, so that's a 3% discount. 

 

FWIW, I think it's a 5% discount.

 

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NYCHousewife
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Re: A budget is needed

Oh yes! I raise my hand high for this one!

A budget is INDEED in place in my home! LOL!

 

I find it handy to 'bargain hunt' for some freebies! Freebies and free previews hold me over!

I then find things on sale, or that are inexpensive.

 

I have myself on a budget and it is working so far!

 

Now don't ask me how long my wish list is!!!!

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Panzertime
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When I load my gift card I usually buy one book from my wishlist and then use the rest of the card to shop for other less expensive books that I want. It has worked great so far. I must admit that I have been not buying as many books lately so that I will have more money for apps when they get here.

 

 

APPS, my precious apps.....

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"The free books have really introduced me to genres I never had much interest before and I certainly wouldn't have risked spending the money on them otherwise."  This is so true.  Sometimes in life we become so ridgid in our thinking and reading, it's good to relax be open to something new.

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